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High Sheriff of Dyfed recognition awards for two RNLI services

Lifeboats News Release

At a presentation evening held on Wednesday 2 November the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Professor Medwin Hughes DL, DPhil, DPS, FRSA, Vice Chancellor of University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, gave two separate awards, one to crew members of Burry Port RNLI and another to the RNLI Lifeguard

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From L to R: Roger Bowen,Gary Morgan,Trevor Griffiths, Darren Sheppard, Alun Wells, Lee Fox, Len Cross, and the High Sheriff, Professor Hughes

The award was made in order ' to record and celebrate the distinctive contribution made by RNLI Lifeboats, in recognition of the professional service, care and committed support offered to members of the community. The Shrievalty wished to record its gratitude for such outstanding community service'.

A separate award was given to the RNLI Lifeguards, recording the same distinctive service to the community.

Representing Burry Port RNLI were Roger Bowen-Lifeboat Operations Manager, Trevor Griffiths- Chairman Lifeboat Management Group, Len Cross- Retired Crew member and Management Group Adviser, Darren Sheppard-Helmsman, Gary Morgan- Helmsman and Lifeboat Education Officer, Lee Fox- Crew member and Crew Chairman, and Alun Wells-Deputy Launching Authority and Lifeboat Press Officer.

Representing the RNLI Lifeguards was Phil Davies-RNLI Lifeguard Manager West Wales.

The award ceremony took place at the Cothi Suite, Halliwell Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Carmarthen campus, with over twenty awards made to a variety of local voluntary organisations, in recognition of their outstanding work. In addition to the RNLI, the British Red Cross, Royal British Legion, care workers for elderly, critically ill, blind and hospice supporters, and others, were all recipients of special awards.

The High Sheriff, Professor Hughes made a special mention ' this award is given to volunteers who are prepared to put their own lives in danger, to save others who are at risk'

Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Bowen quoted ' to receive an award is always a special moment, but receiving the accolade in the community that you serve and protect makes it a rewarding achievement for the efforts and commitment made by all the crew and supporters at Burry Port'.

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The inscription on the certificate

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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